Employment Effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions

Pauline Leung, Alexandre Mas

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We examine whether the recent expansions in Medicaid from the Affordable Care Act reduced “employment lock” among childless adults who were previously ineligible for public coverage. We compare employment in states that chose to expand Medicaid versus those that chose not to expand, before and after implementation. We find that although the expansion increased Medicaid coverage by 3.0 percentage points among childless adults, there was no significant impact on employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-234
Number of pages29
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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